Zoo of the future

In this research we looked at the future of zoos. We have analysed the zoos from five different perspectives: the role a zoo plays in society, the care for the animals, the animal enclosures, current trends in the sector and the possible future.

  1. Five scenarios have been developed for zoos: the “fifth” generation zoo, the business zoo, the design zoo and the functional zoo
  2. The preference of young people (a key target group for the future) goes to “the design zoo”
  3. Zoo education, sustainability and preservation are key focus points


  • Scenarios prepare zoos for the future
  • An insight in the potential development directions for zoos
  • Results provide a foundation for decisions in the field of policy and strategy issues

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